A bronze statue entitled "Continuity" is the centerpiece of the landscaped gardens. It depicts a group of children supporting each other in a human pyramid formation as one of them climbs towards the sky. The monument pays tribute to the tireless efforts of HRH the Princess Mother to improve the lives of the people of Thailand and her belief that continuous effort leads to success. In 1993, The Mae Fah Luang Garden was awarded the Pacific Asia Tourism Association's PATA Gold Awards in the 'Tourism Development' category in recognition of its outstanding achievement in the development of a new tourist destination. Frequently described as the most magnificent landscaped garden in the Kingdom of Thailand, and even perhaps, in the Asia Pacific region.
Doi Tung Royal Villa is situated on Doi Tung, at 1,364 meters, one of Thailand's highest peaks. It is the main visitors target as it is the only house of the Princess Mother. Construction of the royal chalet began on December 23, 1987. This two-story mansion exhibits a blend of Swiss and Lanna-style (northern) architecture, surrounded by fantastic gardens.
Camera is not allowed inside the villa, but I have some descriptions. There are "3-D" oil paintings hanging on the interior walls of the chalet that changes in color and graphic as you walk from left to right. The main room filled with many big panels of fine hand-embroidered silk from San Pa Tong District. The ceiling of the reception hall is impressively decorated with symbols of the planets and constellations, with the center depicting the position of the planets at the time of birth of the HRH the Princess Mother, on October 21, 1900.
They even volunteered to take pictures for us.
The botanical gardens consists of flowerbeds planted with a dazzling variety of flowers and shrubs from all corners of the world; among these, over 70 species of cool climate and temperate ornamental and flowering plants that thrive at high altitude are planted in the midst of native plants, leafy shrubs and perennials.
A variety of orchids
A stroll around the gardens is like a walk in the woods with beautiful flowers and tall trees dominating the view. And poppies too, but the species are devoid of resins associated with anesthetic or sedative/addictive properties.
There are many more different types of garden.
It's astonishing to see massive amount of giant size of flowers in one location, all fully bloomed. I think there must be over a hundred plants in all. The size of each flower is almost as big as my head!!!
Mae Fah Luang Botanical Garden opens 7am to 6pm every day. It is on Highway 1149 off Highway 1 (Chiang Rai-Mae Sai). After passing the entrance gate of Doi Tung royal residence, keep driving for another nine kilometres to reach the garden. Entrance fee is 50 baht per person.
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